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Proposed New Party Lacks Credible Support

Key politicians distance themselves from it   It looks like a proposed new political party could be dead in the water. Some of the key prominent politicians and figures allegedly
25 Aug 2016 10:11
Proposed New Party Lacks Credible Support
SODELPA

Key politicians distance themselves from it

 

It looks like a proposed new political party could be dead in the water.

Some of the key prominent politicians and figures allegedly linked to it have distanced themselves.

Ro Teimumu Kepa, the Opposition leader and former SODELPA leader, earlier thought to be a leading figure in the supposed new movement said: “No idea. I already belong to one. Why should I belong to anything else?”

It is public knowledge that she did not support Sitiveni Rabuka coming in to replace her as SODELPA leader.

After Mr Rabuka’s election, rumours were swirling around that party dissidents would break away and form a new party and Ro Teimumu would allegedly lead it.

Anare Jale, one of the SODELPA officials allegedly linked to the breakaway group, categorically denied any involvement.

The party’s vice-president said: “I am a member and official of the Social Democratic Liberal Party and will stand for the party in the coming General Elections in 2018.

“I have never been part of the move, as intimated, to form another party and do not intend to be part of any group or the group that may be working to form another party.

“I had been spending a lot of time on party business before the party’s last AGM and need time to relax before continuing the work in helping to prepare the party for the coming General Elections.

“In that, I will be working closely with the party’s Working Committee, Party Leader and the secretariat.

“The SODELPA party members should put aside their differences, if there are any, and join hands to prepare the party to form the Government after the general elections in 2018.”

Former MP and Leader of Government Business, Pio Tikoduadua, was shocked when told his name had been allegedly linked to the proposed party.

He said: “There is no truth in it. I have no intention of joining any other political party.”

It was also speculated that the proposed party would align itself with the National Federation Party, because NFP president Roko Tupou Draunidalo does not support Mr Rabuka.

But NFP leader Biman Prasad said last night: “I am not aware of a new party being formed.”

Ms Draunidalo said: “I belong to NFP. I have no idea.

“I am disappointed with what’s going on in there (SODELPA) but I shouldn’t comment, it’s not my party.”

SODELPA MP Ratu Sela Nanovo who was also allegedly linked said: “I don’t know. No, I’m not aware of it. Well, I don’t know about this new political party.”

Adi Laufitu Malani, who is Ro Teimumu’s administrative officer in the Opposition Office and adviser, was also on the list of alleged supporters for the proposed party.

But she said last night: “I still have till 2018”.

She said she would not stand in the next elections.

“I am not interested. I am here to support. I am not aware of any party being formed. Right now my priority is to just work with the Opposition.”

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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